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Athletics release Brandon Moss, who could retire

Brandon Moss appears content to call it a career if a big-league offer doesn’t come his way.

MLB: Spring Training-Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Athletics Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Athletics have released first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss, per a club announcement Tuesday.

The 34-year-old Moss, who first played for the A’s from 2012-14, had been re-acquired from the Royals in a January 29 trade that was made primarily so Kansas City could dump his salary and the Athletics could acquire left-handed reliever Ryan Buchter. Moss was considered a long shot to stick with the A’s from the get-go, and he was designated for assignment Sunday as Oakland sought to make room for waiver claim Jairo Labourt on the 40-man roster.

Moss, who went 4 for 10 with two walks in four games for the Athletics this spring, told the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser on Sunday that he will retire if he doesn’t find a major-league job, saying that he’s “spent enough of my career in the minor leagues.” That’s certainly an understandable course of action for Moss, who has spent at least parts of 10 different seasons in the minors and now has two young sons.

The market for Moss, who hit .207/.279/.428 with 22 homers in 401 plate appearances last season, wouldn’t exactly appear to be robust based on the way other players have been shunned by big-league clubs this offseason. Carlos Gonzalez, Matt Holliday, and Jose Bautista — all of whom struggled jsut like Moss in 2017 but have much stronger track records — remain unsigned, as does Mark Reynolds, who remains unsigned after a bounce-back season with the Rockies. Moss’ 2017 season was similar to that of Mike Napoli, who hit .193/.285/.428 with 29 homers last year, and Napoli had to settle for a minor-league deal with the Indians that isn’t going to afford him a great opportunity to crack the major-league roster.